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The Western was born a century ago, with The Great Train Robbery. It diedwell, it’s not quite dead yet, but Peter Delpeut and Mart Dominicus’ Go West, Young Man! does play like a eulogy. The two Dutch cinema historians and filmmakers, boyhood Rawhide fans, travel the American West, visiting such iconic locations as the Grand Tetons and Monument Valley, and interviewing such creators of Western myth as writer-director John Milius, novelist Annie Proulx, and cinematographer and director William A. Fraker. They also meet some lesser-known keepers of the flame, including saddle makers, the proprietors of a pro-Western Web site, advocates of Billy the Kid’s (relative) innocence, and an aging rodeo buff who describes team roping as “golf for cowboys.” Unlike Delpeut’s Diva Dolorosa, this documentary isn’t assembled entirely from clips, but it does include key moments from Shane, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Searchers, and Monte Walsh. The film screens at 4:30 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 842-6799. (Mark Jenkins)